The dreaded proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada through through most of the United States would be right on top of the latest Oklahoma earthquakes! Recently, Oklahoma experienced 50 small earthquakes that are linked to fracking nearby according to a recent The United States Geological Survey report.
Well, no issue exists in a bubble so why would Keystone XL be different? This is like terrible idea on top of terrible idea on top of terrible idea. There are so many great reasons to oppose both hydro-fracking and Keystone XL and potential fallout (read: oil spills) from the intersection of the two is more than enough for me to oppose both with every fiber of my being.
The United States Geological Survey has released a report that links a series of earthquakes last January in Oklahoma to hydraulic fracturing, a destructive process of extracting natural gas through rock formations. Fifty small earthquakes registered there ranging from 1.0 to 2.8 in magnitude there, with most occurring within 2.1 miles of Eola Field, a southern Gavin County fracking operation.
The report is still under peer-review but it seems logical that franking would have an effect on seismic activity. I think earthquakes register to people as being something far out of the control of humans so hopefully this will be enough of a red flag to people about fracking.
Photo Credit: “Chuetsu earthquake 2004. Ojiya, Niigata, Japan. Soil liquefaction took place on this road.” by Tubbi
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